Before Arsenal’s game against Tottenham at the weekend Paul Merson opted for Eric Dier ahead of Lucas Torreira in his combined XI but now he doesn’t rate the Tottenham man at all.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Paul Merson isn’t a complicated chap.

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In fact, his simplicity could be said to be the root of many of his problems.

Before the North London derby, despite being a supposed Arsenal fan, Paul Merson inexplicably opted for Eric ‘only rate him because he’s English’ Dier, leaving Lucas Torriera on the sidelines.

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Paul Merson’s combined Xi pre-NLD

He also added, “I think Arsenal are way off (Tottenham) at the moment – they need four (new) defenders. That’s a lot of defenders!”

Fast forward a few days and it seems Merson no longer rates Dier. I wonder why that might be?

8 Dec 1996: Paul Merson of Arsenal rubs his eyes, during the FA Carling Premier league match between Arsenal and Derby County at Highbury in London. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Picture: Ben Radford/Allsport
Picture: Ben Radford/Allsport

“I’m not sure about Dier as a holding midfield player,” Merson said without any hint of self-awareness.

“He’s a bit lackadaisical, he thinks it’s too easy for him. He slows the game up.”

It would be funny if he wasn’t paid handsomely to be an ‘expert’ on the game.

This is a man who not only played the game at the highest level but also receives large sums to explain it to us mere mortals.

Not only that, but his salary is paid by the large sums you pay every month to watch Sky Sports and I can’t imagine anyone thinks they are getting value for money from this idiot.